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    The way i always check for draws, is to disconnect the negative battery cable, and put a test light between the cable end, and the battery terminal. It will light up if there is a draw, then you can start pulling fuses until the draw goes away (aka the light goes out).

    You just need to remember to pull the dome light fuse, or shut your doors, otherwise you will get a constant draw from those being on.

    Also, im sure youve checked, but hows your alternator and/or wires and connection going to it? Your loss of power and radio and all seems like an indication of possible alternator failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkyman View Post
    The way i always check for draws, is to disconnect the negative battery cable, and put a test light between the cable end, and the battery terminal. It will light up if there is a draw, then you can start pulling fuses until the draw goes away (aka the light goes out).

    You just need to remember to pull the dome light fuse, or shut your doors, otherwise you will get a constant draw from those being on.

    Also, im sure youve checked, but hows your alternator and/or wires and connection going to it? Your loss of power and radio and all seems like an indication of possible alternator failure.
    Alternator is relatively new (within 2 years.) The newest thing put in is the radio so that's where I'm going first. between work and new baby the hardest part is just finding time to diagnose and fix.

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    That's the ground wire for the radio. I'm thinking there's a good chance he was touching something he shouldn't have. I wrapped it in tape for the time being dive my crimper got stolen. I have the battery charging now. We'll find out tomorrow of that was the culprit.

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    Well that didn't do it. Had the battery charging all night and once you take the charger off everything is dead. I'm thinking it has to be the battery. With the charger or jump starter on it and starts right up but with them off there's no power at all. My wife swears it can't be because we "just got" the battery. We just got the battery about 5 years ago. The interstate guy said it had to be a draw or the alternator ever though it cab get power from every source but the battery.

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    It was in fact the battery. Got a new battery, cleaned the connectors and so far so good.

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    Winter is here which means it's getting colder. It's been taking a long time to heat up the Jeep. I can leave it running for half an hour and nothing. Once I get driving it warms right up. I figured out yesterday that while i can hear the blower going, nothing is coming out of the vents. Defrost works fine. Vent setting works fine. A.c. works fine. Something tells me I have to pull the dash apart but what am I looking for? And how do I fix it?

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    Are you getting air out of all the vents that are supposed to work when you select that function?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Are you getting air out of all the vents that are supposed to work when you select that function?
    Yes. Everything works but the heat setting. Maybe the blower door isn't opening? It's definitely blowing, because you can hear it is just not coming through the vents. I know the heat itself is working because eventually the jeep will heat up. I'll going to flush the heater core either that or this weekend. There a weird smell when the heat the on. Almost like a burning but not quite that bad.

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    The heat outlet is really small and restrictive on the sides of the box. Also there is a plastic duct that takes some to the back of the console. Make sure it is connected. I taped mine shut and removed the duct.
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
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    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
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    It's almost tax season which means I'll have some money to burn. My wife gave me a choice, the quad I've wanted for years ( 86 Honda Trx250r) or totally deck out the jeep. As much as I really want that 250r the jeep upgrades is more practical. Between taxes and bonus my budget will be 3k - 4k. So here's my list of right now and will probably be updated.

    33x10.5x15 Bfg ko2's
    15x10 Trail master TM5
    Napier v2 flares
    1" coil spacers
    1"-2" RC extended shackles (have the option for 1" or 2")
    Either JCR Off-road or Affordable offroad front bumper
    Smittybilt xrc rear bumper with tire carrier
    RC sye
    RC sway bar disconnects
    Upgrade tie rod and new ends
    Upgraded steering stabalizer
    Adjustable track bar
    All new speakers
    JL Audio Tw1 for the hidden cubby hole sub

    That should be a good start a DD/weekend warrior build. Some of these I may get before others. Any suggestions are also more that welcome. I want it to be February!



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    Default Re: New guy introduction and build.

    If going up, you might need to add shocks in that list
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    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    If going up, you might need to add shocks in that list
    Ya I was pondering that. Either go up another inch so I can get 33"s buy also need new shock's. Or stick with 31's with 3.5" lift. If I'm trimming and putting on flares anyway the 3.5" should be good enough for 33's. Since I have no drive line vibes that would save me like 500-600 on sye, CV shaft, shackles and coil spacers.

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    With the help from my mechanic I got all the front end parts put on. The price was step (a bag of skittles) but he does good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattybPDX View Post
    It's almost tax season which means I'll have some money to burn. My wife gave me a choice, the quad I've wanted for years ( 86 Honda Trx250r) or totally deck out the jeep. As much as I really want that 250r the jeep upgrades is more practical. Between taxes and bonus my budget will be 3k - 4k. So here's my list of right now and will probably be updated.

    33x10.5x15 Bfg ko2's
    15x10 Trail master TM5
    Napier v2 flares
    1" coil spacers
    1"-2" RC extended shackles (have the option for 1" or 2")
    Either JCR Off-road or Affordable offroad front bumper
    Smittybilt xrc rear bumper with tire carrier
    RC sye
    RC sway bar disconnects
    Upgrade tie rod and new ends
    Upgraded steering stabalizer
    Adjustable track bar
    All new speakers
    JL Audio Tw1 for the hidden cubby hole sub

    That should be a good start a DD/weekend warrior build. Some of these I may get before others. Any suggestions are also more that welcome. I want it to be February!



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    There it is!! Peel off a few hundo for a locker. Will up your capability quite a bit.

    edit. locker may be putting the cart in front of the horse. jump on up to 3". doesn't change the much, those 33's look better IMO with some room in the fender, then you have better clearance on everything, you're buying shocks anyway just get them for the lift you decide on. If you do, do go with full front coils, they aren't much and make all the difference offroad. you may have to add rear springs, but I wouldn't spend that kinda coin on it without ending up with a nice lift. all personal of course. nice list!
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    Quote Originally Posted by denverd1 View Post
    There it is!! Peel off a few hundo for a locker. Will up your capability quite a bit.
    All ready have a 3" lift and have 31s on the way but there's been a change of plans. I'm leaving my job on Dec 31st and going back to school. All bonuses and taxes are going to build and what not. I'll be able to repair as needed but extra fun stuff will have to wait.

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